Al Amoudi's Friend and advisor to campaign against the bill
Enraged Meles government has embarked an all out attack on HR 2003. After Siyum Mesfin's particularly dim-witted interview against the bill last Thursday, the state media have been brodcasting long running programmes which insult the bill's two foremost proponents, Congressmen Payne and Smith. Some of the private media here are also presenting their take on the bill. The weekly fortune wrote in its gossip corridor that Al Amoudi's friend and advisor, Irvin Hicks, who was formerly a US Ambassador in Addis would write on the OP-ED pages of major American papers criticizing the bill. Another newspaper, Addis Neger, which started publishing last week had a blow by blow coverage of the bill's progress in the American congress.